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Why Does Hair Loss Occur in Women

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Whenever we hear about hair loss we generally think of men getting a bald patch or a receding hairline. But loss of hair in women occurs too, and it can be just as stressful as it can be for men.

There are many reasons why a woman can start to lose her hair. The first reason may be called a hormonal hair loss, because it is related to the level of hormones in the body. Some women find their hair can thin out when they are pregnant, simply due to the changing levels of hormones in their body. Women who are taking birth control pills can also experience hair loss in this way, although it does not affect everyone who takes the medication. Loss of hair in women can also occur hormonally as a result of entering the menopause.

Women can also suffer from sudden hair loss if they experience some kind of shock or trauma. This could be anything from a sudden illness to giving birth and right through to an emotional event of some kind. In this situation the woman will find that she is losing more hair than normal. However the hair loss will not be limited to one area of the head. It will occur evenly all over, leading to much thinner hair than usual. The good news is that this type of hair loss usually gets better without any treatment, resolving itself over the course of a few weeks or months.

You may have heard of male pattern baldness; well there is female pattern baldness as well. Just as with men, the female version occurs with age too, generally starting after the menopause. This has been mentioned above, but it is worth noting that in this situation the hair typically does not thin all over. Instead it gets thinner on top, which again draws the comparison to how men suffer from the same affliction.

Another form of loss of hair in women is called alopecia. You may have heard of this – it is perhaps the best known form of hair loss. Men can suffer from it too. In this case the hair loss is not patchy or thinning – it is total. In some cases the hair can grow back, but sometimes this does not happen and the hair loss remains. Loss of hair that does come back is known as alopecia areata. If the hair loss is permanent it is called – perhaps not surprisingly – alopecia totalis. On some occasions the hair loss may extend to the entire body. In this case, the name changes to alopecia universalis.

Whatever type of hair loss we are talking about there is no doubt that loss of hair in women can be extremely stressful and worrying. However in many cases the hair loss is either not total or not permanent. The most important thing is to find out which type you have, so you can understand what to expect from then on.

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